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Serving grades K-4 in the Troy School District 30C
Kathy Barker

Steve Foster
Assistant Principal


about 1 month ago

Principal Kathy Barker

I have been the proud principal of Troy Craughwell for the last eleven years.  Prior to becoming a principal, I was a reading specialist at Troy Heritage Trail and taught both kindergarten and first grade at three different Troy Elementary Schools - Craughwell, Shorewood, and Heritage Trail.

I was a Troy student myself from third to eighth grade and all three of my own children attended Troy.  You can say that my family loves Troy! 

My favorite thing to do when I am away from Craughwell is spending time with family and friends at our Wisconsin lake house.  I love boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter! 

Assistant Principal Steve Foster

I'm proud to say this is my sixth year serving as the assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.  I have the pleasure of serving and watching the Troy Craughwell students learn and grow from the time they enter our building as kindergartners until they leave us at the end of fourth grade.  

This is my 25th year in education.  I taught first, second, and third grades before joining the Troy 30-C District as an Instructional Coach.  I was an Instructional Coach for five years before becoming the assistant principal at both Troy Craughwell and Troy Heritage Trail schools. The following year I became full time assistant principal at Troy Craughwell.

I received my Elementary Education degree at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.  I obtained a master's degree in Teaching and Learning at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and a second master's degree in Educational Administration at Governor's State University in University Park, IL.

In my free time I enjoy running 5Ks, spending time with family and friends, and going to live theatre.  I live in Chicago with my 16 year old Westie, Keiron.

Principals' Post 3 23 18
Principals’ Post
March 23, 2018

Dear Craughwell Families,

There is a change on the menu for Tuesday, April 3. The yellow lunch choice is Bean & Cheese Burrito instead of a chicken sandwich.

You may purchase the 2017-2018 Yearbook online until March 27, 2018. ORDER YEARBOOK HERE. The cost of the yearbook is $20.00. See attached flyer.

Our Cold Stone Creamery Fundraiser ended on Friday. A copy of your order form was sent home this week with your child. You can begin picking up your treats on Friday, March 23 at the Shorewood Cold Stone, 1153 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL 60431. We thank you again for your continued support!

Third and fourth grade students will be taking the PARCC assessment April 4th to 13th. Fourth Grade will be taking the math portion of the assessment on April 4, 5, 6, and 9th, and the ELA portion on April 11, 12, 13. Third Grade will take the ELA portion on April 4, 5, and 6, and the Math portion on April 9, 10, 11, and 12. Student attendance is very important during PARCC testing.

Second grade students will be taking the Inview Test April 5th to April 12th. Students will only test four of those days and will test for no more than an hour a day. Be sure the students get plenty of sleep each night and eat a healthy breakfast each morning.

The Father/Son event has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 19. Look for more information to come.

On Monday, April 23rd, we hope you can join us at Chipotle for our Troy Craughwell Family Night! Watch for more details to come and the flyer!

New student registration and re-enrollment are now open online. Part One of the process requires you to complete the online portion of registration/re-enrollment process by visiting To re-enroll a returning Troy student, click on the quick link, “Registration”, “Skyward”, “Family Access” and use your current ID and password. To register a new Kindergarten - 8th grade student, click on the tab “New Student Online Enrollment” on your Family Access page in Skyward.
Part Two: Check the Troy website for the dates and times to present residency documents. Residency documentation information can be found on the Troy home page under “School Information/Registration/Approving Residency for Registration 2018-19. If you have any questions about online registration please call the school at 815-577-7313

There are times throughout the day that we may need to contact you. Please update your Skyward account if you get a new phone number, email, or new mailing address. It is also important to keep your emergency contact list up to date as well. Students cannot be released to someone who is not on your contact list. Please let your emergency contact person know, they will be asked to show a photo id when picking up students. Sometimes parents may be asked to provide a photo id, if it is their first time picking up a child from school.

Students have the opportunity to purchase a hot lunch and breakfast everyday at Troy Craughwell. You may add funds to your child’s food service account electronically through your Skyward account or by sending money to school with your children). Students are served an “emergency lunch” once their food account goes below -$15.00. There is no “emergency breakfast.” Mrs. Barker or I call home with a courtesy reminder when a student’s account is near or past this -$15.00 threshold. Please remember to check your child’s account balance regularly. If you have any questions about adding funds electronically, please call the office at 815-577-7313.

Important Dates
March 26 - April 2 - No School - Spring Break

Tuesday, April 3 - Classes Resume - 8:35 a.m.

Thursday, April 12 - Science Night - Troy Craughwell

Friday, April 13 - Kindergarten Parent Event - Troy Craughwell

Tuesday, April 24 - Fourth Grade Step Up Day

Wednesday, April 25 - 4th Grade Battle of the Book

Thursday, April 26 - SIP Day - Early Dismissal 11:50 a.m.
If you ever have a question, please email or call either Mrs. Barker or me (815)577-7313.

Enjoy the Spring Break,
Mrs. Barker and Mr. Foster